Tepco publishes images of land ‘collapse’ at Fukushima nuclear plant due to recent typhoon (PHOTOS)

Published: October 26th, 2013 at 2:06 am ET


Title: Collapse on south slope at Okuma street due to influence of typhoon No.26
Source: TEPCO Photos and Videos Library
Date: October 25, 2013

Collapse on south slope at Okuma street due to influence of typhoon No.26 (taken Oct 16, 2013)

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Published: October 26th, 2013 at 2:06 am ET


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63 comments to Tepco publishes images of land ‘collapse’ at Fukushima nuclear plant due to recent typhoon (PHOTOS)

  • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

    Any images or video footage of reactor 4 during EQ, tsunami and Typhoon….. loud or not?

  • Bones Bones

    So they took pictures and like Oncewaslost said, no images of the reactors. They told someone or some people go take pictures. I highly doubt they didn't take pics of the reactor site. The lack of pictures is disturbing. Hopefully, they will be shortly forthcoming. If this is the only land damage done near the plant, then that could explain the lack of reactor pics, but we all know TEPCO's love of obfuscation.

    We'll probably see huge radiation spikes, as I can see these storms and/or quakes used as excuses to leak rad water, as we did after the last storm including spreading from the storms and quakes themselves; I fully expect more cracks and pathways from corium to ocean to have been created during the shakes.

    • hbjon hbjon

      Security pushes back all journalist photographers and tells them to take a hike. An image speaks a thousand words and to create an explanation that fits into what Tepco.gov needs to promote may take 10x that.

      I hope your wrong about the rad water. It needs to be filtered through sand, crushed shells, and finally charcoal before it is released. And that doesn't solve the tritium or other non filterable nuclide problems.

      If your right about the quake caused cracks to the corium, there will be more than just releases to the ocean. The gases and steam enter the biosphere through those pathways. I suspect that the recent earthquakes have changed defueling plans and other scheduled project.

  • razzz razzz

    More liquid bedrock?


    Next week they will release pictures of how much the grass has grown due to the recent typhoons. Stay tuned for Tepco's latest, up to date events.

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    TEPCO doesn't understate the problem for the world's benefit. They do it for the people of their country because it is a cultural tradition to remain calm and to not worry.

    • Naha Johari

      I'm sorry but I disagree with you. You are saying that TEPCO and the Japanese politicians are not lying but are simply understating the problem because it is a cultural tradition to remain calm.

      If you take this as a truism then you have to accept that it is also a Japanese cultural tradition that millions re to be sacrificed for the profit of a few zaibatsus. So you're saying it's OK for present day Japan to practice neo-feudalism where neo-peasants are born into serfdom to neo-samurai & neo-shoguns.

      It is a universal bad habit for the strong to bully the weak. Only the strong in Japan, who have the financial means to flee far away from radioactive fallout, benefits from denial (understatement). The weak are treated as fodder, milked through taxes and electricity bills then left for dead when the whole mess goes critical.

      Don't go around justifying such criminal parasitic behaviour on 'cultural tradition.'

      • We Not They Finally

        Not sure that he said this was "o.k." at all! Whatever in this is "just Japanese," are TERRIBLE traits with no moral excuse. No one can decipher it anymore, nor does it command any respect — to the contrary. You politely bow while you're mass-murdering people?

        • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

          Right. Exactly, WNTF. It is neither right nor wrong in their eyes. It's just a Japanese thing.

          One has to remember that Japanese culture comes from a unique mix of Buddist and Shintoist philosophies. Neither religions have a strict code of ethics or morality. It just "is what it is".

          This could actually be very dangerous in the current situation, because if there is no strong moral imperative to fix this problem, maybe from a belief that it is fate or karma and is deserving, then it could spell certain doom for the species.

          If this were to be the case then other countries would have to step in by force. This is a situation where cultural differences could start World War 3.

          • bo bo

            Hmmm… religion hasn't helped setting a strict code of ethics in other countries… I usually agree with your posts but don't agree here

            • bo bo

              If you went by ethics… there was zero looting in Japan after massive EQ.
              I don't think strong religion is needed for people to respect each other and act with honor. The lack of moral in corporations and governments is a universal thing regardless of culture.

              • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

                You have a different definition of "honor" than other people in the world may have. There is also a concept called "saving face". This is not an American or Western concept. But it is very Japanese, and you wont ever understand what I am saying until you have experienced it first hand.

                • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                  I understand..I have been spent time in Japan..saving face is all…aestheticism has gone to far.

                • bo bo

                  Hey Z thanks for the detailed response, I just got into work so will respond later.

                • Oh, you are so wrong if you believe the corporate/ governmental lies about the true situation at Daiichi is something uniquely Japanese (or Asian) due to their not being Christianists.

                  It's a nuclear thing. Always has been, and the governments serve the nukes. TEPCO/Gov't lying about Daiichi is not materially different in any way from various utility/gov't lying about any other meltdown or accident at any other reactor facility anywhere in the world since before the commercial industry started. Fukushima is just the worst of 'em. Their coverup game plan has never altered just because this or that disaster was 'worse' than any other.


                • bo bo

                  Zardozz, so I slept on it and I think all I can say is 'saving face' is at heart the same as 'saving ass' especially when it comes to top executives at tepco, and government officials.

                  I know what you are talking about, though, I don't deny all the cultural weirdness. Universally I think each culture creates some sort of a myth to manipulate the masses, and yes, the japanese version has been the myth of 'saving face'.

                  So yes, you may still see those at the top use it, for example, it may soon boil down to manipulating some poor uneducated japanese guy by using this myth, into a kamikaze mission pulling out rods out of spf 4 or what not.

                  • bo bo

                    These myths are very useful for those in the top to get the masses to do what they want. Even back in the days of the shogun I doubt the ones at the very top really believed in honor or 'sacrificing for the team', they had those at the bottom believe in that absolute honor crap to get loyalty. In middle school I saw kids get brainwashed into this stuff and change, I had already had traveled and gone to school in both countries in elementary school so although I hadn't quite conceptualized my thoughts, I knew my brain was being colonized so I resisted with all my mental power. Of course I got bullied and some teachers beat me up as well.

                    • bo bo

                      America spins its own myth, religion ( in its hijacked form) as well, I dunno about europe or other asian countries, africa.. but they all have myths and yes, that does create uniqueness amongst us. But universally, we are being manipulated by those at the top, using this myth or that.

              • bo bo

                Of course tepco shows its lack of moral in a uniquely japanese way, where as GE may show its lack of moral in a uniquely American way, so yes, cultural comparison isn't completely invalid.

                • bo bo

                  Lol oh I have experienced it firsthand alright.

                  • bo bo

                    And I am no fan of it. But how is supposed 'saving face' of TEPCO different from 'saving ass'?

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      No difference what so ever..
                      It's a cultural thing..
                      It's a Human thing..
                      Say anything..deny everything..it's a hypocrites ball.

                    • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

                      If you experienced it then you know what I mean. And that means you've also had exposure to Japanese culture. You know they treat each other like family even when they are not family.

                      As powerful as Japan is, Japanese culture is a very close and isolated culture. I think the Japanese government and TEPCO have decided that in order to maintain the peace they would hold back information from the public, much like the media here in the US is doing. Also, I think because they know the gravity of the situation they feel very responsible for the fate of the world, but because of nationalist pride they want to be able to solve the problem themselves to "save face" for the entire nation.

                      That being said, this is why poor workers are being exploited to fix this. They really have a "needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" mentality in regards to this potential ELE, so they are willing to lie to and sacrifice some of their citizens.

                      Sort of like in the '60s movie "Fail Safe". (But I will try not to give away the ending of that movie)

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      Every day…here in the USA.

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              Christianity has a strict code of ethics..look what good that does.

          • Finch Finch

            Religion should not be used as an excuse for any kind of misbehavior. Religions and politics should be strictly separated. Also, Buddhism maybe historically important in Japan, but nowadays Buddhism has just a ceremonial character in Japan. Money is the true religion nowadays.

          • This is not about "Japanese culture." This is about virtue. Truthfulness is a virtue. Honesty is a virtue. Respect is a virtue and Justice is a virtue. We aren't getting enough virtue from Japan or the U.S. in regard to Fukushima. We need to INSIST that our political leaders practice virtue. It isn't just a "nice thing" to do … it's REQUIRED for survival.

            Think virtue. Teach virtue. Live virtue.

            It's isn't a cultural prejudice. It's the evolved wisdom of humanity. It's "what works" to get good results.


      • Tetsuo_Shima Tetsuo_Shima

        @Naha, I think it was just sarcasm…you no like the old brit saying: "Keep calm and carry on" and the US version "nothing to see here"

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      TEPCO is also trying to keep in control of the US nuclear industry and to sell their technology to the rest of the world. They are motivated by money and power and are trying to save their own faces.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        And they are trying to keep on selling their radioactive tainted goods and food to the rest of the world. What better way to conquer the world?

    • 富岡_Blue_Heron Blue_Heron

      WW2 New Yorker cartoon: 2 Japanese men standing in the flaming wreckage of a city. Caption: "Well, that's war. We bomb Washington, they bomb Tokyo."

      I used to think it was about wartime propaganda, but now perceive it may be aimed at a propensity of the Japanese government to lie to their people.

  • We Not They Finally

    What's especially galling is that they keep acting like it's their own private fiefdom and they have the right to do anything at that plant with protected secrecy. They're killing off the whole world! They not only need to "lose face." They honestly need to have their "faces" bashed to bits (even if figuratively)with the same lack of pity they are inflicting on others.

    • Buffalojam

      WNTF – Before you continue with your harsh judgements of the "they" which you repeatedly refer to in your comment I suggest you consider the foreign policy and actions of the U.S. and many other industrialized nations since WWII. I think you can make the case that it is they who treat the world as their own private fiefdom and that the Japanese, although it may not be right, are simply following in their masters' footsteps. Understanding this, perhaps you won't be so quick to decide who needs their faces bashed to bits and maybe we could concentrate on something useful like deciding what the best remedial steps need to be taken.

      • Actually, WNTF is correct as how it applies to the world nuclear industry and the governments they own. Secrecy and deception are part and parcel of the nuclear paradigm they are attached to. It very much IS a private feifdom. In fact, it's more like a cult. There is a reason nuclear researchers/scientists tend to get the cold shoulder at big physics conclaves. They're an insular – and insultingly self-important – crew. When talking about physics, which is a rarified and self-important scientific field in general, that's really saying a lot.

        • We Not They Finally

          Yes, Joy, I mean the world nuclear industry. No one is blaming a mother with a dying child who cannot even get a diagnosis, much less a trip out of there.

          But the Japanese culture (well, the U.S. is flawed yes, too — for sure! — just different flaws!) has also made a mockery of its own ideals of honor. They've turned "saving face" into Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masqued Ball." At midnight the masks come off and they are hideously poxed with the bubonic plague, even though up until then it just looked like beautiful masquerade costumes.

          And you think, why didn't someone rip off the masks earlier? They could have at least prevented contagionizing the whole ballroom.

          "Bashing people's faces in" is a crude way to put it. But they live by "saving face." And THAT face, the masquerade mask, really does need to be bashed to bits. People cannot remedy what they are prevented from even seeing. We could say, just gently remove the mask. But the whole world has been barely even whispering this in the corner for over 2-1/2 years now while irreversible damage escalates.

          Sometimes I think that if I see another official over there politely bow and act like he has ANY honor left…. They're into tradition, fine. But they keep killing off their own genome and no one says so, they just politely bow??

          We don't have less insanity here — just more guns! This isn't "us versus them." But more Japanese may need to stand up to their own culture and to the…

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Myth of Japanese innocence, just following their masters? Are you completely forgetting Japanese murderous, ruthless foreign aggression in China, the Philippine Islands, Hawaii and elsewhere before and during WWII?

        • The average Japanese citizen today is no more 'responsible' for the standard nuclear game-plan on lies to the public than the average American citizen is 'responsible' for the nuclear horrors that proliferated under the umbrella of secrecy and lies of the Manhattan Project during WWII. We remain the only nation on earth that has nuked an enemy in wartime. Killed a lot of innocent civilians. Then we nuke'd 'em again with all these commercial reactors. Hell, most of the population – like most of us – weren't even born at the time.

          Humans are capable of gross hypocrisy, outrageous duplicity, and cruelties toward each other no devil would dare to imagine. Why, just about a dozen years ago our own government decided to make the torture of prisoners of war a national policy, despite the Geneva Convention and treaties our country had previously signed on to. I presume you know about Abu Graib and Gitmo. There's no way under the sun to justify that kind of shit. As for wantonly killing civilians, we are certainly not spotless to this day – think Fallujah, and white phosphorus weapons. I remember it from Mi Lai. We weren't exactly spotless in WWII either…

          It's ridiculous to try and blame the citizens of Japan for what Fukushima is doing to them and the rest of the world. Blame the nukes and their pet government(s), because they're the ones responsible.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            Sorry, JoyB. I wasn't blaming Japanese citizens. I was just replying to this comment:

            October 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

            "WNTF – Before you continue with your harsh judgements of the "they" which you repeatedly refer to in your comment I suggest you consider the foreign policy and actions of the U.S. and many other industrialized nations since WWII. I think you can make the case that it is they who treat the world as their own private fiefdom and that the Japanese, although it may not be right, are simply following in their masters' footsteps…."

            To claim that the Japanese government and nuclear industry is merely following in their masters' footsteps (?the US) is ridiculous especially in light of the fact that the Japanese nuclear industry now owns and controls the US nuclear industry and US media as was shown by the ownership of GE-Hitachi and Westinghouse (Toshiba) of US media and the ownership of Comcast which is a shadow corporation for GE-Hitachi. There is a lengthy comment on this fact in another thread if you need a reference.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              Japanese nuclear ownership of US media

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            • Ah, so. It's a mistake also to consider any nation's nuclear regime to be materially separate from the US nuclear regime. It is all of a piece, no matter how colorful the Kabuki Theater [politically] is portrayed. It's still Kabuki Theater. We invented it (though the Japanese gave it its title), we promulgate it, we always call the shots. A rather large part of the modern world "[non]Balance Of power" politics they all play to keep us constantly afraid.

              We've gotta man-up ("man" being just a colloquialism) and understand that there's no real difference among players). It's a game. Our rules. If "They" melt some nukes, it's because "They" didn't do it right. That's complete bullshit. "They" were just the ones caught without a chair when the music stopped playing…

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                I think there are separate regimes of the nuclear industry. Russia is and always has been separate, China is separate, North Korea is separate, Iran is separate, etc. The IAEA just runs around and promotes nuclear energy, they don't police anyone.

                • Just noting for you that none of it is as 'separate' as you think, or would like it to be. Fact of the matter is, it wasn't even all that 'separate' in the beginning. Most certainly not now.

                  IAEA was never a regulatory authority, never pretended to be. Iran isn't separated from the game plan. Neither were China and North Korea. It's not about "policing." It's about sharing the wealth.

  • ftlt

    Just some more transport of toxic materials to the ocean IMO..

    There is nothing to be done

  • Sol Man

    There is no worse crime than corrupting humanity's genome, anywhere.

  • rockyourworld

    if tepco lies, it's on the orders of the u.s. and japanese govt